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Dannenberg, Karl. Reform or revolution, or, Socialism and socialist politics - Image 20. 1918. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 21, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/1467/show/1450.

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Dannenberg, Karl. (1918). Reform or revolution, or, Socialism and socialist politics - Image 20. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/1467/show/1450

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Dannenberg, Karl, Reform or revolution, or, Socialism and socialist politics - Image 20, 1918, Socialist and Communist Pamphlets, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed November 21, 2017, http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/1467/show/1450.

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Title Reform or revolution, or, Socialism and socialist politics
Creator (LCNAF)
  • Dannenberg, Karl
Publisher Radical Review Publishing Association
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • New York
Date 1918
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Socialism
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • United States
Genre (AAT)
  • pamphlets
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Extent 28 pages; 20 cm.
Original Item Location HX89.D3
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8302909~S11
Original Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections
Use and Reproduction This item is in the public domain and may be used freely.
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Transcript I sions as to their significance and benefits. Government ownership under the present regime does not represent an advanced phase of industrial development or the climax of industrial concentration** (underscoring mine). It is in no sense an installment of the socialist cooperative republic. "National ownership of railroads, telegraphs and telephones has been in most cases introduced by the governments for reasons of military expediency or for the sake of revenue. In other cases it was brought about as a concession to the interests of the middle classes. "Similarly (sic), municipal ownership, where not brought about by a socialist administration, is as a rule but a device for municipal revenue. Government ownership, both national and municipal, has some very decided advantages over private ownership, and on the whole, it assures better service to the public and better treatment of the employees. But these advantages are to a large extent offset by the fact that government ownership tends to strengthen the powers of the modern class state, and to curtail the freedom of combination and coalition on the part of the employees. (Socialism in Theory and Practice, Morris Hillquit, page 286.) Will you kindly enumerate and specify some of the very decided advantages which government ownership has for the working class? In the face of the abominable conditions amongst the government employees all ** In the opinion of the writer, an opinion that is supported by recognized Socialist writers, government ownership does represent an advanced phase of industrial development or the climax of capitalist industrial concentration. However, this advanced phase in capitalist production is only a consequence of economic growth (development), and does not produce a corresponding improvement of the workers' conditions, but just the contrary, it has the tendency to widen the gulf between the producers and exploiters. Writing upon the nature and effects of State-ownership, Frederick Engels sums up: "The capitalist relation is not done away. It is rather brought to a head, it topples over. State-ownership is not the solution of the conflict, but concealed within it are the technical conditions that form the elements of that solution." (Socialism, Utopian and Scientific, pages 123-124.) 18